This watercolor painting is dedicated to my adventurous night in the French Quarter. The charm and rich culture of the city of New Orleans inspired me to create this series!
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a historic structure at corner of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Lafitte’s is currently a bar, but has a deeply rich history. It is purported to be one of the more haunted venues in the area. Most likely built as a house in the 1770s during the Spanish colonial period, it is one of the oldest surviving structures in New Orleans. According to legend, the privateer Jean Lafitte, aka John Lafitte, owned a business here in the early 19th century. Legend claims that the Lafitte Brothers originally used the shop between 1772 and 1791 as a base for smuggling operations. Historically, the building was used as a center for meeting among businessmen from Spain, France, Africa, and North America. Whether it is haunted, or a past location for tales of pirates and wartime, or carries the secrets of a hidden treasure- All I know is it makes a fantastic “purple drink” sure to lift your spirits!